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Grill masters invited to 3rd annual Johnson City Steak Cookoff

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated May 20, 2020 at 10:07 PM

The Johnson City Masonic Lodge had a wonderful Christmas outreach for area children in need last year. And they give much of the credit for that blessing to their annual Lodge Steak Cookoff — an international competition qualifier that this year will play out as a doubleheader.

Lodge member Mark Whittamore said that while the Masons sponsor the Johnson City event, the competition is open to everyone, from those who follow the Steak Cookoff circuit to newcomers with a flare for grilling, a taste for beef and a heart for the charitable projects that benefit from its proceeds.

In addition to Johnson City schoolchildren in need at Christmas, past beneficiaries of the cookoff have included the local Ronald McDonald House and this year may include people in need of help with food because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increasing the Masons’ chance of more successful community outreach projects, this year's cookoff includes two separate steak competitions, each with a $1,000 first-place prize and smaller cash prizes for the top 10 finishers.

An ancillary competition will have a $500 cash prize up for grabs for the best of “Anything with Wampler Sausage” will be open to all comers.

Set for Saturday, June 27, the cookoff will once again play out in the parking lot of the Food City store on North State of Franklin Road.

The entry fee is $150 for either of the steak competitions, $300 for both, and $25 for the sausage cookoff.

The event is sanctioned by the national Steak Cookoff Association and because it is a two-for, the opportunity to accumulate qualifying points for the annual World Steak Cookoff will be doubled with SCA-certified judges awarding points for taste, tenderness, appearance and overall impression in both competitions.

Registration can be completed online at www.steakcookoffs.com. More information about the event, including a list of other SAC-sanctioned competitions, is also available at the website.

Assistance with the signup and more information about the Johnson City event may be obtained by calling Whittamore at 423-483-3232.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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